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Parents Get a Grasp on College Financial Aid, Other Topics at Parent University

February 5, 2015 03:30 PM
More than 100 people learned about college financial aid, the Common Core Standards, and the new PARCC assessments, among other topics at the latest edition of Parent University on January 31 at the District 209 offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
Parent University, produced in partnership with the Strengthening Proviso College and Career Readiness Committee, was a series of workshops designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The University was part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement.
Those in attendance learned about finding ways to pay for college, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), learn more about the new Common Core Standards and the new PARCC assessments, what resources are available for students with disabilities, and what services are available for English Language Learners at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and PMSA. They also were able to meet with representatives from several different colleges and community organizations at the college and community resource fair.
"Parent University is a positive event that allows us to reach out to parents in our districts," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "Parents were able to learn a good deal of information from our staff and our community partners, and we are planning to continue this type of outreach in the future."
Thank you to everyone who attended, and to all of our staff and volunteers who helped to make this possible!
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